In competing attack ads, Rick Scott is “too shady,” Charlie Crist claims are “fiction”

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In a pair of competing ads released on Monday, Rick Scott is “too shady” for the Sunshine State, while Charlie Crist’s claims about Scott’s environmental record are complete “fiction.”

“In every job he’s ever had,” says the narrator of “Shady,” the ad produced by the Florida Democratic Party, “Rick Scott has ducked the truth.”

The 30-second spot focuses on Scott’s infamous deposition in 2000 as Chair and CEO of Columbia/HCA Health Care, which was under investigation at the time for Medicare fraud. In the course of the deposition, the future governor pleaded protection under the Fifth Amendment a total of 75 times.

Also featured in the ad is a clip of Scott hesitating to confirm his own signature.

“Rick Scott slashed education, raised property taxes, and gave massive tax breaks to corporations,” the ad concludes. “No wonder he doesn’t want to answer.”

In “Fiction,” the Florida GOP-produced pro-Scott spot, Crist’s recent accusations that the incumbent received $200,000 in donations from oil company “polluters” is blasted as completely untrue.

“He didn’t take a nickel,” that 30-second ad says. “Scott held a polluter accountable, shut down their wells and now (there is) historic protection for the Everglades.”

The ad also points out that as governor, Crist had “failed to keep his commitment to the Everglades,”  and he is now campaigning on a “private owned by … you guessed it … polluters.”

Both “Fiction and “Shady” are also available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.